Joined: Jan. 2006
Is creationism anti-science?
And in exactly the same manner, and for the exact same reasons, that the ideals of the British Nationalist Party are racist.
It's a political/denialist disease. The symptoms are identical, the only difference is the individual smell of the pus being exuded from the boils.
Just like it's important for the BNP to pretend not to be racist in public, it's important for creationists to pretend not to be anti-science. They want all of the legitimacy with none of the work. They want the appearance of a factual basis for their views whether those views are factually based or not. The image of science is what they envy, just like racists want the image of being anti-bigot/non-bigot. They envy the appearance and desire the status they percieve it grants. They think that the appearance is what matters. They're wrong.
Take FTK as a classic example in this instance. The science is utterly irrelevant to her (whatever she may protest to the contrary), it's all about how it appears. Whatever appears to support her faith is good, whatever she has been conned into believing contradicts her faith is bad. The appearance is all that matters.
Denialists of all stripes the world over are the same. All they crave is the legitimacy such an appearance grants them, it gets them debates, it gets them a platform, it gets them respect and a chance to have their views enshrined in law without all that tedious messing about testing them against reality. It is in fact the most violent, subversive prostitution of the democratic and rational processes imaginable. And we all form a part of the process that aids them, and sadly 'twill ever be thus. Anti-Enlightenment, anti-reason is like a hydra, many heads but all stem from one body. It doesn't take much effort to see they are the same creature.